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The 2020 SEC Preview and Deep Dive Breakdown Explainer

We’ve put together a list of the nittiest-grittiest numbers for all 14 SEC teams ahead of tomorrow’s season openers. This is how we got them.

Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix during the Outback Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Minnesota Golden Gophers on January 01, 2020 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If you’re getting ready to bet on the Southeastern Conference tomorrow, we’ve got something that will be really helpful.

Thanks to the help of our friend Seth Varnadore, we have extreme deep dives on each team in the league for the 2020 season. We call these Varnadore Information Compilation Spreadsheets — VIC Sheets for short.

Each team has three components: schedule, returning players, roster changes, and talent and recruiting. Here’s the link to the spreadsheet as we can’t embed it into the article.

Click here for updated Southeastern Conference VIC Sheets for the 2020 Season

We’ll keep these updated as the season goes along, and as spreads get added and as games get completed, we’ll enter all the data into here. So keep the pages bookmarked and they’ll have whatever you need to get ready for 2020.

These are robust and filled with a ton of information, so below we’ll go over each line, what it means, and where it came from in the description below.

Team schedule

  1. The over/under win total for each team, with odds, as of April 1st.
  2. The spread for every game available on the board from DraftKings as of April 8th.

Returning Players

  1. A copy of Bill Connelly’s formula for how returning players effect his preseason SP+ statistic.
  2. a. The percentage of returning players across the overall roster in 2020.
    b. The percentage of returning players across the offense in 2020.
    c. The percentage of returning players across the defense in 2020.
    d. The percentage of returning coaches on staff in 2020, with a notation listing the positions that have new coaches, including head coach. Each NCAA FBS team has 10 assistant coaches and one head coach.

3. a. The number of starters returning on offense in 2020.
b. The number of games started in 2019 by quarterbacks returning in 2020.
c. The number of games started in 2019 by offensive linemen returning in 2020.
d. The number of 2019 starters returning on defense in 2020.
e. The number of 2019 starters returning as specialists in 2020.
f. The number of games started in 2019 by kickers returning in 2020.
g. The number of games started in 2019 by kickers returning in 2020.

Talent and Recruiting

1. Team Talent Composite

a. From 247sports.com based on recruiting, which takes the grade of every player still on the roster from recruiting classes in 2016-19. The first number is the rank of the class (there are 130 FBS schools, but some FCS schools will rank ahead of bottom-tier FBS classes). The second number is the raw grade of the class.
b. The 2020 recruiting class grade. The first number is the ranking of the class, the second number is the raw grade of the class

2. Team Talent Rank

a. The recruiting class ranking from 2016-19.
b. The increase or decrease in class ranking from 2016 to 2019

3. Player Average Rank

a. The raw class ranking from 2016-19.
b. The increase or decrease in raw class ranking from 2016 to 2019.

4. Recruiting Class Rank

a. The recruiting class rankings from 2016-20 by year.
b. The five-year average recruiting class ranking from 2016-20
c. The four-year net change between the 2016 class ranking and the 2020 class ranking.

5. Player average in-vs-out

a. The raw class ranking for 2020.
b. The raw class ranking for 2015 (players leaving after fifth-year).
c. The difference between the 2020 incoming class and the 2015 leaving class.